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Lunkey



Joined: 20 Jan 2008
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Location: Santiago

PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:15 pm    Post subject: Re: when are you going Reply with quote

spm200 wrote:
Hey lunkey when did you say you were going to go to Tefl academy in chile?


I'm taking the course beginning june 3 2009 Smile
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spm200



Joined: 25 Nov 2008
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Location: dallas

PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

alright i think i am going in Feb 2009 i was just curious
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Lunkey



Joined: 20 Jan 2008
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Location: Santiago

PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spm200 wrote:
alright i think i am going in Feb 2009 i was just curious


keep me posted on how it goes! I wanted to take an earlier class in 2009 but I need to stick around Chicago and save money for a few more months.
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chrislemess



Joined: 05 Mar 2009
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Location: Santiago de Chile

PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all,
Anyone have any more updates on the TEFL Academy? I have a reason to go to Chile now, and am looking for some sort of qualification to at least boost my confidence in teaching grammar. Still debating whether the $1500 fee is at all worth it, but as long as this course is recognised around the world I'm kind of satisfied...
cheers
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Lunkey



Joined: 20 Jan 2008
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Location: Santiago

PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

check out this site http://www.allchile.net/chileforum/post14418.html#p14418
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aeb123$



Joined: 12 Mar 2009
Posts: 11
Location: Indiana

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 11:28 am    Post subject: TEFL Academy Reply with quote

spm200 - did you go to Chile and attend the TEFL Academy this past Feb? How was it? Are you working now?

Lunkey - are you still planning on going in June?

I'm hoping to go there in 2010 and would like some feedback on the school, jobs and housing.

Thanks!
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ProspTeach



Joined: 13 Apr 2009
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:27 pm    Post subject: Lunkey, did you go to the academy? Reply with quote

Lunkey, did you ever go to the TEFL Academy? If so, can you provide some feedback? I'm very interested in this program. Thank you!
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zuzu39



Joined: 28 Jan 2010
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:20 pm    Post subject: TEFL Academy Reply with quote

My boyfriend and I are planning on moving to Santiago in August to teach English. I want to take a TEFL course down there, and I'd really like to go through the TEFL Academy. Does anyone have any advice about the Academy?

Also, I am concerned about getting a job in September when the class would be over. I know the prime hiring time is either March or April, but we want to come down there ASAP after we graduate. For anyone who has experience being down there, would it be better to wait until March or April, or would it be possible to find a job in September?

Thanks for any advice.
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jakell



Joined: 30 Oct 2006
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Location: Washington DC

PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 6:28 pm    Post subject: Re: TEFL Academy Reply with quote

zuzu39 wrote:
My boyfriend and I are planning on moving to Santiago in August to teach English. I want to take a TEFL course down there, and I'd really like to go through the TEFL Academy. Does anyone have any advice about the Academy?

Also, I am concerned about getting a job in September when the class would be over. I know the prime hiring time is either March or April, but we want to come down there ASAP after we graduate. For anyone who has experience being down there, would it be better to wait until March or April, or would it be possible to find a job in September?

Thanks for any advice.


Yes, you *CAN* find a teaching job in September in Santiago. The issue would be not having much work in December, January and February. So really it comes down to how much savings you are coming to Chile with.

I attended the TEFL Academy in 2008. It was a great experience and totally worth it.

Good luck with everything
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zuzu39



Joined: 28 Jan 2010
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:24 pm    Post subject: thanks for your help Reply with quote

Thanks for your help. I think we'll still try to go in August & take the TEFL Academy class ... I've only heard good things about it.

I might try to find a nanny job while I'm down there as well... Maybe since it will be their summer break there will be more opportunities for that.

Also, if anyone knows -- what would be a good amount of money to bring along? I was thinking a minimum of 3K to start ... hopefully that will be enough...
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mike30



Joined: 31 Oct 2006
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Location: Santiago, Chile

PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

$3,000 won't go very far in Chile if you aren't working for a few months, especially for 2 people. Depending, of course, on what kind of lifestyle you're looking for. If you don't have a Chilean co-signer, which of course is the case for all foreigners first coming to Chile, then it could run you up to 2 grand just to get into an apartment.

You could get a decent job as a nanny with a super high class family who is looking for an English speaking nanny...but so many families have Peruvian nanny's who work for not much more than room and board that the general pay for nannies would be quite low.
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Lunkey



Joined: 20 Jan 2008
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 2:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah $3000 isn't going to go far at all. I think you need $1000 each a month, maybe a little less, especially your first months in a new city where you'll want to be out exploring, partying, enjoying yourself a little... consider you won't be making anything your first month at the tefl academy, and if you find a teaching gig right away with sufficient hours (yes there *ARE* jobs in september but there aren't a lot of them), you won't get paid till the end of that month after you worked. So that's 2 months right there without money really coming through the door... then you won't have any work to rely on whatsoever in January and February, and then really not even until the end of March.

if I were you, I'd honestly wait and come down in February or March next year where you're giving yourself a better shot at things really working out.
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pgchris



Joined: 10 Mar 2010
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am also considering going down in August to do the TEFL Academy program(depending on what happens with a couple other of my applications), Lunkey did you already do the program? and if so how long did it take you to find a job?
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ProspTeach



Joined: 13 Apr 2009
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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 4:04 pm    Post subject: TEFL Academy Reply with quote

Lunkey,

Can you comment on your experience with the TEFL Academy? I'm inches away from committing to the January 2011 session and I'd really love some feedback from you. Thanks!
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